NEW YORK – Gov. Andrew Cuomo officially signed the Child Victims Act into law Thursday morning.
The act extends the statute of limitations so sexual abuse victims have more time to seek criminal charges or sue their abusers. In addition, the law will open a one-year window for lawsuits now barred by the statute of limitations.
The legislation was blocked for years by a previously Republican-controlled State Senate. Democrats, however, took control of the State Senate in the November elections, and the Senate and Democrat-controlled Assembly approved the legislation last month.